MDC’s North Campus to Kickoff Disability Awareness Month with Miami Heat Wheels

Miami, Sept. 22, 2016 – In recognition of Disability Awareness Month, the Miami Heat Wheels, a competitive wheelchair basketball team, will hold an exhibition game at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 6. The event is free and open to the public.

The Miami Heat Wheels are members of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) and compete at the Division III level in the Florida Wheelchair Basketball Conference. The team ranked first during the 2014-15 season, making them the NWBA Division III champions. Currently in its 17th year, the Miami Heat Wheels will be showcasing their skills for students and the community.  In addition to the exhibition game, players will also share information about the sport and answer questions.

Prior to the Miami Heat Wheels hitting the court, vocalist Natalia Sulca, a Miami native and graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, will perform. She is known for blending elements of many genres both old and new to create a unique musical flavor.

Sulca is a recipient of various awards, including The Celia Cruz Award, The VSA Young soloist award, and the Berklee Achievement Scholarship. She was recently mentioned in the Boston Globe for her outstanding tribute to Valerie Simpson, of the hit duo Ashford and Simpson, at the Berklee College of Music Commencement concert. She has also performed with multi-Grammy award winners such as Alejandro Sans, Jose Feliciano, and Javier Limón, and has been featured on the Latin Grammys and the Discover Orange Bowl.

In addition to the exhibition game, MDC is celebrating Disabilities Awareness Month with a Sidewalk Art Project, screenings of several documentaries in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Walk a Mile in My Shoes community disability challenge, among other activities.

For more information, contact ACCESS Services at 305-237-1272.